Jersey City Council to vote if ex-chief innovation officer will remain acting business administrator

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The Jersey City Council is set to vote on if the city’s former Chief Innovation Officer Brian Platt will become the acting business administrator next week. 

Jersey City’s Chief Innovation Officer Brian Platt (middle) may be named the city’s new acting business administrator.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Platt, 33, took over as acting business administrator on March 30th by Mayor Steven Fulop in light of B.A. Robert Kakoleski departing for the same job in Rutherford last month.

He is being compensated $139,340 a year for the new job, according to city spokeswoman Hannah Peterson.

The council will vote on whether or not Platt, who was initially hired by the city in July of 2013 before being tapped to run the office of innovation on March 2015 at an annual salary of about $110,000, will stay in his new role at Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Meanwhile, Kakoleski earned $157,690 as business administrator in 2017, according to public records.

Platt, who earned a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University, is also a volunteer emergency medical responder with United Rescue and the president and co-founder of the Hudson County Young Democrats.